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Department of Physical Therapy - Research

The research efforts of the Physical Therapy department at Hampton University focuses on innovations in curriculum and instruction related to DPT education, rehabilitative interventions that reduce health disparities, and health services research to determine the impact of physical therapy on healthcare delivery and costs. Check back regularly for details about our monthly research seminars.

Our Human Patient Simulator Lab has two life-size manikins that can be programmed with patient case scenarios that allow the simulator to demonstrate a wide range of normal and abnormal physiological responses. Students develop clinical problem solving and critical thinking skills for all aspects of patient assessment, patient monitoring, and clinical intervention. Experiences with the simulators are designed to progress the student from assessment of basic vital signs through patient assessment and treatment of complex patient case scenarios.

Principal Investigators:
Dr. Brian Edmunds
Dr. Yolanda Rainey
Dr. Pamela Tucker


Our Cardiopulmonary Research Lab has equipment for metabolic fitness testing. We have treadmills, ellipticals, and a NuStep available for fitness assessments and training. Electrocardiograms and pulmonary functional tests can also be completed in the lab.

Principal Investigators:
Dr. Brian Edmunds
Dr. Lisa VanHoose


Our Neuromuscular Research Lab has a newly purchased Smart Balance Master. The lab is also equipped with a gait trainer and treadmill. Students and faculty have equipment for video rehabilitation research and instruction, along with other balance assessment tools.

Principal Investigators:
Dr. Brian Edmunds
Dr. S. Chris Owens